With a routine becoming established by around eight weeks, feeding times should become more settled.
With your baby sleeping longer between feeds it is a good idea to change the nappy before and after a feed to avoid nappy rash. Breastfed babies’ poo is runny and has only a faint smell. Formula fed babies’ poo is firmer, darker brown and more smelly. Also, some formula milk can make your baby’s poo a dark green, so don’t be too concerned if you see this.
If you change from breast to formula feeding, you’ll find that your baby’s poos become darker and more paste-like and may irritate the skin if left on too long, leading to nappy rash.
If you are breastfeeding your baby, they are less likely to suffer from diarrhoea. This is because your milk helps to prevent the growth of the bacteria that cause it.
By two months old, your baby will probably be asleep for up to ten hours during the day with two to four long sleeps in a 24 hour period.
From now until six months of age, your baby will grow an inch/2.5cm a month and gain approximately five to seven ounces per week (141g – 198g).
The first immunisations at eight weeks are for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Whooping Cough and Haemophilus Influenza Pneumonia and come in two sets of injections.
These often coincide with the eight-week developmental check undertaken by the GP when your baby’s hips are checked along with the head circumference and weight.